FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT
This FIRST AMENDED
AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”), is made and entered into effective as of October 1,
2005, by and between Waste Connections, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Xxxxx X. Xxxx (the
The Company and the
Employee entered into an Employment Agreement as of July 8, 1998 (the “Old Agreement”), and by their execution of this
First Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, the Company and the Employee wish to amend and restate the Old Agreement in its
entirety as provided herein.
in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants and conditions herein, the Company and the Employee agree as follows:
Acceptance. The Company hereby employs the Employee and the Employee hereby accepts employment by the Company on the terms
and conditions hereinafter set forth.
and Powers. The Employee is hereby employed as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing and the Employee shall devote Employee’s
attention, energies and abilities in that capacity to the proper oversight and operation of the Company’s business, to the
exclusion of any other occupation. As Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing the Employee shall report to the Chief Executive
Officer, shall be based at the Company’s corporate headquarters in California, and shall be responsible for the Company’s
sales and marketing program and oversight of the Company’s acquisitions program. The Employee shall perform such other duties
as the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company may reasonably assign
to the Employee from time to time. The Employee shall devote such time and attention to his duties as are reasonably necessary
to the proper discharge of his responsibilities hereunder. The Employee agrees to perform all duties consistent with: (a) policies
established from time to time by the Company; and (b) all applicable legal requirements.
The employment of the Employee by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall continue until the third (3rd) anniversary
thereof (the “Term”) or until terminated prior to such date when and as provided in Section 7. Commencing October
1, 2006, and on each October 1st thereafter, this Agreement shall be extended automatically for an additional year,
thus extending the Term to three (3) years from each such date, unless either party shall have given the other notice of termination
hereof as provided herein.
Salary. The Company hereby agrees to pay to the Employee an annual base salary of One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($160,000)
(“Base Salary”). Such Base Salary shall be payable in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices,
and such Base Salary is subject to withholding and social security, unemployment and other taxes. Increases in Base Salary shall
be considered by the Board.
Bonus. For the calendar year commencing January 1, 2005, and for each calendar year thereafter, the Employee shall be
eligible to receive an annual cash bonus (the “Bonus”) based on the Company’s attainment of reasonable
financial objectives to be determined annually by the Board. The maximum annual Bonus will equal fifty percent (50%) of the applicable
year’s beginning Base Salary and will be payable if the Board determines, in its sole and exclusive discretion, that that
year’s financial objectives have been fully met. The Bonus shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s bonus plan,
as approved by the Board.
of Options and Restricted Stock. Employee shall be entitled to participate in Stock Option, Restricted Stock, Restricted Stock
Unit (“RSU”) and other equity incentive plans presently in effect or in effect from time to time in the future on such
terms and to such level of participation as the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board shall determine to be appropriate,
bearing in mind the Employee’s position and responsibilities.
The terms of any Options,
Restricted Stock, RSUs and other equity incentives shall be governed by the relevant plans under which they are issued and described
in detail in applicable agreements between the Company and the Employee.
Benefits. The Company shall provide the Employee with a cellular telephone and will pay or reimburse the Employee’s monthly
service fee and costs of calls attributable to Company business. The Employee shall be entitled to paid annual vacation, which
shall accrue on the same basis as for other employees of the Company of similar rank, but which shall in no event be less than
three (3) weeks for any twelve (12) month period commencing May 15th of each year. The Employee also shall be entitled
to participate, on the same terms as other employees of the Company participate, in any medical, dental or other health plan, pension
plan, profit-sharing plan and life insurance plan that the Company may adopt or maintain, any of which may be changed, terminated
or eliminated by the Company at any time in its exclusive discretion.
During the Term of his employment, and at all times thereafter, the Employee shall not, without the prior written consent of the
Company, divulge to any third party or use for his own benefit or the benefit of any third party or for any purpose other than
the exclusive benefit of the Company, any confidential or proprietary business or technical information revealed, obtained or developed
in the course of his employment with the Company and which is otherwise the property of the Company or any of its affiliated corporations,
including, but not limited to, trade secrets, customer lists, formulae and processes of manufacture; provided, however, that nothing
herein contained shall restrict the Employee’s ability to make such disclosures during the course of his employment as may
be necessary or appropriate to the effective and efficient discharge of his duties to the Company.
Both during the Term of his employment and thereafter, the Employee shall not remove from the Company’s offices or premises
any Company documents, records, notebooks, files, correspondence, reports, memoranda and similar materials or property of any kind
unless necessary in accordance with the duties and responsibilities of his employment. In the event that any such material or property
is removed, it shall be returned to its proper file or place of safekeeping as promptly as possible. The Employee shall not make,
retain, remove or distribute any copies, or divulge to any third person the nature or contents of any of the foregoing or of any
other oral or written information to which he may have access, except as disclosure shall be necessary in the performance of his
assigned duties. On the termination of his employment with the Company, the Employee shall leave with or return to the Company
all originals and copies of the foregoing then in his possession or subject to his control, whether prepared by the Employee or
Cause. The Company, by action of the Board, may terminate this Agreement and the Employee’s employment for cause on delivery
to the Employee of a Notice of Termination (as defined in Section 9.2 below). For purposes of this agreement, the term “Cause”
|(a)||a material breach by the Employee of any of the terms of this Agreement that is not immediately
corrected following written notice of default specifying such breach;|
|(b)||conviction of a felony;|
|(c)||a breach of any of the provisions of Xxxxxxx 00 xxxxx;|
|(x)||repeated intoxification with alcohol or drugs while on Company premises during its regular business
hours to such a degree that, in the reasonable judgment of the other managers of the Company, the Employee is abusive or incapable
of performing his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement; and|
|(e)||misappropriation of property belonging to the Company and/or any of its affiliates.|
On such termination for
cause, the Employee shall be entitled only to the Employee’s Base Salary through the date of such termination, and shall
not be entitled to any other compensation, including, without limitation, any severance compensation. Without limitation of the
foregoing, on termination pursuant to this Section 7.1, the Employee shall forfeit: (i) his Bonus under Section 4.2 for the
year in which such termination occurs; and (ii) all outstanding but unvested options and rights relating to capital stock of the
Company, and all RSUs and shares of the Company’s restricted stock issued to the Employee that as of the termination date
are still unvested and subject to restrictions on transfer.
Cause. The employment of the Employee may be terminated without Cause at any time by the Company on delivery to the Employee
of a written Notice of Termination (as defined in Section 9.1). On the Date of Termination (as defined in Section 9.2) pursuant
to this Section 7.2, the Company shall, in lieu of any payments under Section 4.1 and 4.2 for the remainder of the Term, pay to
the Employee an amount equal to the lesser of: (a) the Employee’s Base Salary for a period of one (1) year from the date
of termination, and (b) the Employee’s Base Salary for the remainder of the Term. In addition, the Employee shall be entitled
to the pro-rated maximum Bonus available to the Employee under Section 4.2 for the year in which the termination occurs. Such payment
by the Company shall be paid in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices and not as a lump sum payment. In
addition, the Company will pay as incurred the Employee’s expenses, up to Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000), associated
with career counseling and resume development. The Company shall also pay to the Employee an amount equal to the Company’s
portion (but not the Employee’s portion) of the cost of medical insurance at the rate in effect on the Date of Termination
for a period of one (1) year from the Date of Termination. In addition, on termination of the Employee under this Section 7.2,
all of the Employee’s outstanding but unvested options and rights relating to capital stock of the Company shall immediately
vest and become exercisable, and all RSUs and shares of the Company’s restricted stock issued to the Employee shall immediately
vest and become unrestricted and freely transferable. The term of any such options and rights shall be extended to the first (1st)
anniversary of the Employee’s termination. The Employee acknowledges that extending the term of any incentive stock options
pursuant to this Section 7.2 or Sections 7.3, 7.4 or 8.1 below, could cause such option to lose its tax-qualified status if it
is an incentive stock option under the Code and agrees that the Company shall have no obligation to compensate the Employee for
any additional taxes he incurs as a result.
on Disability. If during the Term the Employee should fail to perform his duties hereunder on account of physical or mental
illness or other incapacity which the Company shall in good faith determine renders the Employee incapable of performing his duties
hereunder, and such illness or other incapacity shall continue for a period of more than six (6) consecutive months (“Disability”),
the Company shall have the right, on written Notice of Termination delivered to the Employee to terminate the Employee’s
employment under this Agreement. During the period that the Employee shall have been incapacitated due to physical or mental illness,
the Employee shall continue to receive the full Base Salary provided for in Section 4.1 hereof at the rate then in effect until
the Date of Termination pursuant to this Section 7.3. On the Date of Termination pursuant to this Section 7.3, the Company shall
pay to the Employee the payments and other benefits applicable to termination without Cause set forth in Section 7.2 hereof, other
than those related to career counseling and resume development. The Company shall also pay, on behalf of the Employee, an amount
equal to the Company’s portion (not the Employee’s portion) of the cost of medical insurance at the rate in effect
on the Date of Termination for a period of one (1) year from the Date of Termination. In addition, on such termination, all of
the Employee’s outstanding but unvested options and rights relating to capital stock of the Company shall immediately vest
and become exercisable, and all RSUs and shares of the Company’s restricted stock issued to the Employee shall immediately
vest and become unrestricted and freely transferable. The term of any such options and rights shall be extended to the first (1st)
anniversary of the Employee’s termination.
on Death. If the Employee shall die during the Term, the employment of the Employee shall thereupon terminate. On the Date
of Termination pursuant to this Section 7.4, the Company shall pay to the Employee’s estate the payments and other benefits
applicable to termination without Cause set forth in Section 7.2 hereof, other than those related to career counseling and resume
development. In addition, on termination of the Employee under this Section 7.4, all of the Employee’s outstanding but unvested
options and rights relating to capital stock of the Company shall immediately vest and become exercisable, and all RSUs and shares
of the Company’s restricted stock issued to the Employee shall immediately vest and become unrestricted and freely transferable.
The term of any such options and rights shall be extended to the first anniversary of the Employee’s termination. The provisions
of this Section 7.4 shall not affect the entitlements of the Employee’s heirs, executors, administrators, legatees, beneficiaries
or assigns under any employee benefit plan, fund or program of the Company.
Limitation on Company’s Right to Terminate. Any other provision in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, the
Company shall have the right, in its absolute discretion, to terminate this Agreement and the Employee’s employment hereunder
at any time in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Section 7, it being the intent and purpose of the foregoing provisions
of this Section 7 only to set forth the consequences of termination with respect to severance or other compensation payable to
the Employee on termination in the circumstances indicated.
by Employee. The Employee may terminate his employment hereunder on written Notice of Termination delivered to the Company
setting forth the effective date of termination. If the Employee terminates his employment hereunder, he shall be entitled to receive,
and the Company agrees to pay on the effective date of termination specified in the Notice of Termination, his current Base Salary
under Section 4.1 hereof on a prorated basis to such date of termination. On termination pursuant to this Section 8.2, the Employee
shall forfeit: (i) his Bonus under Section 4.2 for the year in which such termination occurs; and (ii) all outstanding but unvested
options and rights relating to capital stock of the Company, and all RSUs and shares of the Company’s restricted stock issued
to the Employee that as of the termination date are still unvested and subject to restrictions on transfer.
Applicable to Termination of Employment.
of Termination. Any purported termination of Employee’s employment by the Company pursuant to Section 7 shall be communicated
by Notice of Termination to the Employee as provided herein, and shall state the specific termination provisions in this Agreement
relied on and set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Employee’s
employment (“Notice of Termination”). If the Employee terminates under Section 8, he shall give the Company
a Notice of Termination.
of Termination. For all purposes, “Date of Termination” shall mean, for Disability, thirty (30) days after
Notice of Termination is given to the Employee (provided the Employee has not returned to duty on a full-time basis during such
30-day period), or, if the Employee’s employment is terminated by the Company for any other reason or by the Employee, the
date on which a Notice of Termination is given.
on Termination. On termination of this Agreement by the Company pursuant to Section 7 or by the Employee pursuant to Section
8, all profit-sharing, deferred compensation and other retirement benefits payable to the Employee under benefit plans in which
the Employee then participated shall be paid to the Employee in accordance with the provisions of the respective plans.
on Change in Control. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, unless the Employee elects in writing
to waive this provision, a Change in Control (as defined below) of the Company shall be deemed a termination of the Employee without
Cause, and the Employee shall be entitled to receive and the Company agrees to pay to the Employee the same amount determined under
Section 7.2 that is payable to the Employee on termination without Cause provided, however, that such amount shall be payable
in a lump sum on the Date of Termination and not in installments as provided in Section 7.2. In addition, on a Change of Control,
all of the Employee’s outstanding but unvested options and rights relating to capital stock of the Company shall immediately
vest and become exercisable, the term of any such options and rights shall be extended to the first anniversary of the Employee’s
termination, and all RSUs and shares of the Company’s restricted stock issued to the Employee shall immediately vest and
become unrestricted and freely transferable. In addition, immediately prior to a Change in Control in which either the Company
is not the surviving entity or the executive officers of the Company immediately prior to the Change in Control do not retain substantially
similar positions after such Change in Control, the Company shall grant to the Employee, for no additional consideration, non-qualified
stock options to purchase thirty thousand (30,000) shares of the Company’s Common Stock under one of the Company’s
Stock Option Plans then in effect. These options shall have a term of ten (10) years from the date of such grant (or the maximum
permitted by the Plan under which they are granted, if less) and shall be exercisable immediately at Fourteen Dollars and Sixty-Seven
Cents ($14.67) per share. In the event of a stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization of the Company, or other change in the
Company’s common stock, an approximate adjustment will be made to the number and exercise price of the options to be issued
under this paragraph.
After a Change in Control,
if any previously outstanding option or right (the “Terminated Option”) relating to the Company’s capital
stock does not remain outstanding, the successor to the Company or its then Parent (as defined below) shall either:
|(a)||Issue an option, warrant or right, as appropriate (the “Successor Option”),
to purchase common stock of such successor or Parent in an amount such that on exercise of the Successor Option the Employee would
receive the same number of shares of the successor’s/Parent’s common stock as the Employee would have received had
the Employee exercised the Terminated Option immediately prior to the transaction resulting in the Change in Control and received
shares of such successor/Parent in such transaction. The aggregate exercise price for all of the shares covered by such Successor
Option shall equal the aggregate exercise price of the Terminated Option; or|
|(b)||Pay the Employee a bonus within ten (10) days after the consummation of the Change in Control in
an amount agreed to by the Employee and the Company. Such amount shall be at least equivalent on an after-tax basis to the net
after-tax gain that the Employee would have realized if the Employee had been issued a Successor Option under clause 10.1(a) above
and had immediately exercised such Successor Option and sold the underlying stock, taking into account the different tax rates
that apply to such bonus and to such gain, and such amount shall also reflect other differences to the Employee between receiving
a bonus under this clause 10.1(b) and receiving a Successor Option under clause 10.1(a) above.|
For the purposes of this Agreement, a Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred if: (i) there shall be consummated (aa)
any reorganization, liquidation or consolidation of the Company, or any merger or other business combination of the Company with
any other corporation, other than any such merger or other combination that would result in the voting securities of the Company
outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting
securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities
of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such transaction, and (bb) any sale, lease, exchange or other
transfer (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) of all, or substantially all, of the assets of the Company; or
(ii) if any “person” (as defined in Section 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the
“Exchange Act”)), shall become the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange
Act), directly or indirectly, of fifty percent (50%) or more of the Company’s outstanding voting securities (except that
for purposes of this Section 10.2, “person” shall not include any person (or any person that controls, is controlled
by or is under common control with such person) who as of the date of this Agreement owns ten percent (10%) or more of the total
voting power represented by the outstanding voting securities of the Company, or a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities
under any employee benefit plan of the Company, or a corporation that is owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the
Company in substantially the same percentage as their ownership of the Company); or (iii) if during any period of two (2) consecutive
years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constituted the entire Board shall cease for any reason to constitute at
least one-half (½) of the membership thereof unless the election, or the nomination for election by the Company’s
shareholders, of each new director was approved by a vote of at least one-half of the directors then still in office who were directors
at the beginning of the period.
The term “Parent”
means a corporation, partnership, trust, limited liability company or other entity that is the ultimate “beneficial owner”
(as defined above) of fifty percent (50%) or more of the Company’s outstanding voting securities.
consideration of the provisions hereof, for the Restricted Period (as defined below), the Employee will not, except as specifically
provided below, anywhere in any county in the State of California or anywhere in any other state in which the Company is engaged
in business as of such termination date (the “Restricted Territory”), directly or indirectly, acting individually
or as the owner, shareholder, partner or management employee of any entity: (i) engage in the operation of a solid waste collection,
transporting or disposal business, transfer facility, recycling facility, materials recovery facility or solid waste landfill;
or (ii) enter the employ as a manager of, or render any personal services to or for the benefit of, or assist in or facilitate
the solicitation of customers for, or receive remuneration in the form of management salary, commissions or otherwise from, any
business engaged in such activities in such counties; or (iii) receive or purchase a financial interest in, make a loan to, or
make a gift in support of, any such business in any capacity, including without limitation, as a sole proprietor, partner, shareholder,
officer, director, principal agent or trustee; provided, however, that the Employee may own, directly or indirectly, solely as
an investment, securities of any business traded on any national securities exchange or quoted on any NASDAQ market, provided the
Employee is not a controlling person of, or a member of a group which controls, such business and further provided that the Employee
does not, in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, own two percent (2%) or more of any class of securities of such business. The
term “Restricted Period” shall mean the earlier of: (i) the maximum period allowed under applicable law; and
(ii) (aa) in the case of a Change of Control, until the first anniversary of the effective date of the Change of Control, (bb)
in the case of a termination by the Company without Cause pursuant to Section 7.2 and provided the Company has made the payments
required under Section 7.2, as the case may be, until the first (1st) anniversary of the Date of Termination, or (cc)
in the case of Termination for Cause by the Company pursuant to Section 7.1 or by the Employee pursuant to Section 8.2, until the
first (1st) anniversary of the Date of Termination.
termination of this Agreement by the Company or the Employee pursuant to Section 7 or 8 or termination of this Agreement upon a
Change in Control pursuant to Section 10, the Employee shall not: (i) solicit any residential or commercial customer of the Company
to whom the Company provides service pursuant to a franchise agreement with a public entity in the Restricted Territory; or (ii)
solicit any residential or commercial customer of the Company to enter into a solid waste collection account relationship with
a competitor of the Company in the Restricted Territory; or (iii) solicit any such public entity to enter into a franchise agreement
with any such competitor, or (iv) solicit any officer, employee or contractor of the Company to enter into an employment or contractor
agreement with a competitor of the Company or otherwise interfere in any such relationship; or (v) solicit on behalf of a competitor
of the Company any prospective customer of the Company in the Restricted Territory that the Employee called on or was involved
in soliciting on behalf of the Company during the Term, in each case until the first (1st) anniversary of the date of
such termination or the effective date of such change of control (whichever is later), unless otherwise permitted to do so by Section 11.1.
the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction declares that any term or provision of this Section 11 is invalid or unenforceable,
the parties agree that the court making the determination of invalidity or unenforceability shall have the power to reduce the
scope, duration or area of the term or provision, to delete specified words or phrases or to replace any invalid or unenforceable
term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of
the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified after the expiration of
the time within which the judgment may be appealed.
As an officer and agent of the Company, the Employee shall be fully indemnified by the Company to the fullest extent permitted
by applicable law in connection with his employment hereunder.
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of Provisions. The obligations of the Company under Section 12 of this Agreement, and of the Employee under Section 11 of this
Agreement, shall survive both the termination of the Employee’s employment and this Agreement.
Duty to Mitigate; No Offset. The Employee shall not be required to mitigate damages or the amount of any payment contemplated
by this Agreement, nor shall any such payment be reduced by any earnings that the Employee may receive from any other sources or
offset against any other payments made to him or required to be made to him pursuant to this Agreement.
Binding Agreement. The Company may assign this Agreement to any parent, subsidiary, affiliate or successor of the Company.
This Agreement is not assignable by the Employee and is binding on him and his executors and other legal representatives. This
Agreement shall bind the Company and its successors and assigns and inure to the benefit of the Employee and his heirs, executors,
administrators, personal representatives, legatees or devisees. The Company shall assign this Agreement to any entity that acquires
its assets or business.
Any written notice under this Agreement shall be personally delivered to the other party or sent by a nationally recognized overnight
delivery service or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid, to such party at the address
set forth in the records of the Company or to such other address as either party may from time to time specify by written notice.
Agreement; Amendments. This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties relating to the Employee’s employment
and supersedes all oral or written prior discussions, agreements and understandings of every nature between them. This Agreement
may not be changed except by an agreement in writing signed by the Company and the Employee.
The waiver of a breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or as be construed to be a waiver of any other provision
or subsequent breach of this Agreement.
Law and Jurisdictional Agreement. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws
of the State of California. The parties irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the jurisdiction and venue of any court, federal
or state, situated within Sacramento County, California, for the purpose of any suit, action or other proceeding arising out of,
or relating to or in connection with, this Agreement.
In case any one or more of the provisions contained in this Agreement is, for any reason, held invalid in any respect, such invalidity
shall not affect the validity of any other provision of this Agreement, and such provision shall be deemed modified to the extent
necessary to make it enforceable.
It is agreed that it is impossible to measure fully, in money, the damage which will accrue to the Company in the event of a breach
or threatened breach of Sections 5, 6, or 11 of this Agreement, and, in any action or proceeding to enforce the provisions of Sections
5, 6 or 11 hereof, the Employee waives the claim or defense that the Company has an adequate remedy at law and will not assert
the claim or defense that such a remedy at law exists. The Company is entitled to injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of
such sections as well as any and all other remedies available to it at law or in equity without the posting of any bond. The Employee
agrees that if the Employee breaches any provision of Section 11, the Company may recover as partial damages all profits realized
by the Employee at any time prior to such recovery on the exercise of any warrant, option or right to purchase the Company’s
Common Stock and the subsequent sale of such stock, and may also cancel all outstanding such warrants, options and rights.
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This Agreement may be executed in one or more facsimile or original counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and
both of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
[Signatures appear on the following
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
this Employment Agreement has been duly executed by or on behalf of the parties hereto as of the date first above written.
||Waste Connections, Inc.|
|/s/ Xxxxx X. Xxxx
||/s/ Xxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxxxxxx
|Xxxxx X. Xxxx
||Xxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxxxxxx,|
||Chief Executive Officer|
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